Indiawijzer is an information portal. It is a database with information relating to India. It is a
comprehensive overview of the Dutch organisations, institutions and
individuals involved in one way or the other with India. It covers
only one country - The Netherlands.
Indiawijzer is like a "Lifaafaa" - an old Arabic-Persian and Hindi-Urdu word that
means an envelope or a package that may contain many diverse contents. The packaging
is simple, but you will find the contents helpful and useful.
The database has been designed primarily to facilitate contacts. This Directory is provided as a service to the community,
free of charge.
The first edition of the Indiawijzer was published in 1992 followed
by a second edition in 1999. The profit of the first publication went to
the Netherlands-India Association and the profit of the second edition
was donated to the Anwar Qadir Educational Trust for Higher Education
in Jorhat, Assam.
As a secretary of the Netherlands-India Association I used to get
questions from new arrivals from India, school children interested
in India, the Dutch public interested in or associated with India
and also now and then Dutch business organisations who wanted to
do business with India.
Questions which the Embassy of India, The India Institute, The Indian
Tourist Office or India Work Group or others received and were not able
to answer or did not have the time to answer were generally directed
This lead to the collection of data and creation of a database followed
by the publication of the Indiawijzer. – a guide to India.
It is easy to search the database through the Internet from different
parts of the world and the maintenance is more efficient and cost
Indiawijzer in its present form has more than 2,500 pages, 1,000+ images
and more than 2,000 external links.
It is the work of one man. Indiawijzer does not cover every aspect of
India related organisations or institutions in the Netherlands. But it
does cover a very broad spectrum.
Many of my friends have requested me to publish the Indiawijzer in
English. Hence most of the information presented in the Indiawijzer is
in English. But some chapters are in Dutch. These are meant for the
Dutch school children.
Indiawijzer is updated regularly. If there are
India-related organisations in the Netherlands whose details
are not included, please let me know. I shalll the contact them.
Your suggestions and corrections are most welcome.
I am not responsible for the correctness of the data published.
Use of the data published in the Indiawijzer is at your own risk.
Berkel en Rodenrijs
The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
My sincere thanks to all the friends and acquintances who sent me
photographs to use in the Indiawijzer. Without their permission
Indiawijzer would have been another plain text database.
My special thanks to:
- Anne Legeland, director of Friends Indeed,
- Azad Khan of Friends Indeed, Heemstede.
- Chandan Mahanta, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
- Government of India, Indian Tourist Ofiice, Amsterdam.
- Jim Belleau, Oneontaw, USA
- L. R. Sailo, Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Mizoram.
- Nuboii & Matthew Campman, The Hague
- Venkat Reddy, Dordrecht
- Various individuals, organisations, institutions both in and outside the Netherlands
Photos by Wahid Saleh.
My sincere thanks to Deepraj Das from Voorburg for his help in
designing this site.
Deepraj spent many evenings and weekends to solve the technical problems.
Without his guidance it would not have been possible to realize
this project. You can find Deepraj at www.deepraj.com
My thanks also to Saif-ul-Waheed of Philips, Eindhoven for introducing me
to the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). You can find Saif at www.IslamHerald.com